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A circuit around the WA mid-west

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Late afternoon we rocked into Cue, preceding @Daver6 and Mrs @Daver6 by an hour or so. Scoped Cue before heading to the pub for a pleasant few drinks and meal – and picking up a few Far-Cue bumper stickers…

Cue is a small, but very tidy town with some lovely old buildings. It caters well for the traffic heading north on Great Northern Highway, being just over halfway between Perth and Newman - Pilbara Central.

Cue would be quiet at the best of times, but this was late Saturday afternoon, so very quiet.

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As for Mt Magnet, thanks for the pics! Home sweet home for 3 years, straight out of uni! I left in 1985 and haven't been back :(. Hope you won't mind some reminiscing.

My view of town from The Mount:

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Hard to tell, but I think the white open pit area in your pic:

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... is the mine I used to work on, but in those days it was an underground operation, with a shaft and headframe. The heathens have dug it all up :mad:. Every morning, I got dropped a couple of hundred metres straight down the hatch in the 'cage'! Was nice and cool though, in summer.

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... except when you went down the little alternative egress shaft, where you just stood on a bucket and hung on (for dear life) to the winder rope :oops:

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I played miner (only once ... incredibly loud & hard work). A pneumatic 'air leg' hole borer. Drill a pattern of 1.5m long holes, fill with explosive, detonate, clear out, repeat.

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The good stuff (photo is faded, sorry). This was exceptional and there's not that much gold in weight there:

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And the roads back then were no better than they are now. Note that because I'm not changing the tyre, I wasn't driving!

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As for Mt Magnet, thanks for the pics! Home sweet home for 3 years, straight out of uni! I left in 1985 and haven't been back :(. Hope you won't mind some reminiscing.

My view of town from The Mount:

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Hard to tell, but I think the white open pit area in your pic:

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... is the mine I used to work on, but in those days it was an underground operation, with a shaft and headframe. The heathens have dug it all up :mad:. Every morning, I got dropped a couple of hundred metres straight down the hatch in the 'cage'! Was nice and cool though, in summer.

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... except when you went down the little alternative egress shaft, where you just stood on a bucket and hung on (for dear life) to the winder rope :oops:

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I played miner (only once ... incredibly loud & hard work). A pneumatic 'air leg' hole borer. Drill a pattern of 1.5m long holes, fill with explosive, detonate, clear out, repeat.

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The good stuff (photo is faded, sorry). This was exceptional and there's not that much gold in weight there:

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And the roads back then were no better than they are now. Note that because I'm not changing the tyre, I wasn't driving!

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I was doing some work around the Mt Magnet area around 1978-1982. The gold price had collapsed, the Hill 50 mine was on care and maintenance and Mt Magnet was pretty much a ghost town.
 

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I was doing some work around the Mt Magnet area around 1978-1982. The gold price had collapsed, the Hill 50 mine was on care and maintenance and Mt Magnet was pretty much a ghost town.
ah - we had Hill 50 shares - they were supposed to be the next Poseidon :p
 

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Then on to Leinster. A ‘closed’ BHP town, which does make it unique (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04...of-leinster-in-wa-northern-goldfields/9643986). Quite pleasant and leafy but nothing significant to report. Good tavern.

Next morning we headed S on the Agnew section of the Leonora Loop Trail (Leonora Loop Trail | Leonora Loop Trail Map | Australia's Golden Outback). Destination initially Leonora and Gwalia and with the aim of being at Lake Ballard to off-grid camp overnight to take in sunset and sunrise at the ‘Inside Australia’ art installation (Antony Gormley’s “Inside Australia” - Lake Ballard).

I’ve been there twice before, but never stayed overnight.

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Nice Report...not been through those parts for decades...

One of the cars seems to be newish Ford Everest...how did it go? Apart from a flat tyre.

The new Bi turbo 10speed diesel has some poke for a 4wd.
I have not done any off roading or serious 4wding in one only bitumen stuff.
Since they are basically a Ranger they should be OK at 4wd one would think.
Factory tyres not suited for off road but.
And dont forget to fill the ad blue.
 

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The Everest is mine. It is the 2L Bi-Turbo and it certainly has plenty of poke. 157Kw; 500Nm.

I had it in recently for its 15K km service and the loaner was a Ranger with the 3.2L 6-speed. Bloody coarse compared with the bi-turbo.

i bought it in April and I ditched the highway tyres before delivery for ‘crossover’ tyres - Michelin LTX. I didn’t want noisy full off-roaders, but wanted something better than highway tyres.

Ad-Blue is no great imposition. I topped it right up before the trip and the range is huge.

I did outline my reasons for choosing it in the ‘What car do you drive’ thread back in about early April. I wanted a diesel 4WD that was as near to a sedan as possible driving on long stretches on sealed country roads, but could hack it off-road, had a full-size spare (now two full-size spares 😉). Toss-up with a Prado, but the Everest pipped it.
 

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The Everest is mine. It is the 2L Bi-Turbo and it certainly has plenty of poke. 157Kw; 500Nm.

I had it in recently for its 15K km service and the loaner was a Ranger with the 3.2L 6-speed. Bloody coarse compared with the bi-turbo.

i bought it in April and I ditched the highway tyres before delivery for ‘crossover’ tyres - Michelin LTX. I didn’t want noisy full off-roaders, but wanted something better than highway tyres.

Ad-Blue is no great imposition. I topped it right up before the trip and the range is huge.

I did outline my reasons for choosing it in the ‘What car do you drive’ thread back in about early April. I wanted a diesel 4WD that was as near to a sedan as possible driving on long stretches on sealed country roads, but could hack it off-road, had a full-size spare (now two full-size spares 😉). Toss-up with a Prado, but the Everest pipped it.
Should just stick to the skinny 19" run flat performance tyres of a BMW then. They seem to do better on those unsealed roads :p
 

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Are run-flats as one of you use better or worse for this kind of travel?
 

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Thanks for the info, family member just bought a 2nd hand one, also around 15000kms.
I had it for a couple weeks while I fitted a bullbar, spotties and serviced it etc.
Only got a drive on the bitumen, mine was the Titanium lots of toys to play with, think I fiddled with everything except the self park and the 4wd buttons. Works well now but I am not sure about in 10 years....

Have you gone to Ford to get the TCM reprogrammed if yours was in that batch?

I agree ad blue is a once a year thing to fill for most people but needs to be considered in the bush.
The dash warning will tell you waay before you run out but.

Only bad points I have heard so far is derating the power due to overheating on hot days if towing a 3 ton van etc...and the aforesaid gearbox issue on some earlier models...mine was a late 2019 model.

Good call on changing the tyres...you might have had more punctures if the OEM ones were still on it.
 
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